Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus' relationship

Mary and Jesus
LUKE 1 COMMENTARY
Luke 1:39-45 Mary and Elizabeth

Luke 1:46-49 Mary and Jesus

Luke 1:50-56 Generation to Generation
LUKE 1:46-47  46 And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Who is Mary's “Savior” (Luke 1:47)?
Jesus. Her spirit rejoices in “God” (Luke 1:47) in heaven who will soon enter humanity through her womb.

Whose greatness does Mary's soul proclaim?
“The greatness of the Lord” (Luke 1:46).

Whose greatness is proclaimed by those who try to lead people into idolatry?
Mary's.

Why?
They will be laughed at if they tell people to worship a dog, but perk more ears if they tell people to worship someone close to Jesus.

But if Jesus can grant salvation, why can't Mary, the 'mother of God'?
Firstly, your life began when your mother conceived you, but that isn't the case for Jesus, who was God in heaven before time began (see John 1:1); Mary is simply the vessel through whom God chose to enter humanity, not the origin of His existence. To the contrary, it is her existence that began when He created her. Secondly, sinners are saved by having the death penalty due for their sins paid by someone who is sinless and therefore qualified to die for others' sins. Only Jesus was sinless, able to and did die for the sins of sinners. Mary was a sinner herself in need of her “Savior” (Luke 1:47) and therefore neither did nor qualified to pay the death penalty for others' sins.

But won't Jesus listen to His own mother if she petitions for us in heaven?
On earth, Jesus was Mary's son, as well as her “Savior.” In heaven, Jesus is only her Savior, as well as her Lord and Creator God.

Can't we at least pray to Mary?
Jesus instructed us to pray in His name directly to God the Father (see Ask and you shall receive).

What are the last words spoken by Mary that the Bible records?
“Whatever [Jesus] says to you, do it” (John 2:5).

LUKE 1:48-49  48 “For He has had regard for the lowly state of His maidservant, for behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

Was Mary rich?
She was poor (see Purification of Mary).

Was Mary physically beautiful?
Since Jesus wasn't (see Isaiah 53:2), chances are, she wasn't either.

Why didn't Jesus choose to be born to a beautiful rich princess?
Then what He accomplished could later have been attributed to His looks, fortune or political power instead of His love, truth and divine power.

What “great things” (Luke 1:49) has Jesus done for Mary?
Chosen a “lowly ... maidservant” (Luke 1:48) as His vessel so that she to be called “blessed” by “all generations” (Luke 1:48) to come.

What is the even greater thing that Jesus did for Mary?
Died for her sins to grant her everlasting life heaven instead of everlasting torment in hell.

What is the greatest thing that Jesus has done for you?
 

Is that sufficient for you to obey and worship Him as your Lord?